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Robyn Few: Champion of legalized cannabis and prostitution

Born: Oct. 7, 1958 – Died: Sept. 13, 2012

Mother, patriotic prostitute and fierce advocate for medical marijuana Robyn Few came from Paducah, KY to California, where she touched many people’s lives before she passed away after a four-year struggle with cancer.

Few was a patient and advocate who worked with ASA, among other groups, and was frustrated in her efforts to set up first a dispensary and then a cannabis museum in San Francisco. When US Attorney General John Ashcroft swept her up in a crackdown on prostitution, always true to herself, Few courageously fought back with a campaign to legalize prostitution as she organized the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) in 2003. The group designated Dec 17 as International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. In June 2012, the Robyn Few Sex Workers’ Resource Center opened in Tucson, AZ.

A natural born rabble-rouser, Few was the MC at a series of “Million Marijuana March” events held in front of San Francisco City Hall. An Oct. 1, 2012 gathering there was an opportunity for her fans and family to celebrate who she was, to mourn her loss and to march for legalization. Few is survived by her husband, her daughter, granddaughter and many friends.

 

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